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Miss Rye's Party of Home Children England to Canada 1881

In excess of 130,000 children were sent from United Kingdom to Canada & Australia from 1860 to 1930 There were more placement organizations than just Barnardos Home, although it relocated the most children.

The Archives of Ontario has created a searchable online database for Home Children. Members of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa are locating and indexing the names of these Home Children found in passenger lists in the custody of the National Archives of Canada

Maria Rye (1829-1903) founded the Female Middle Class Emigration Society in 1861, and was responsible for escorting parties of young women to Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In 1869 she turned her attention to assisting young girls, usually aged between 5-12 years who were in the workhouses. She appealed for 1000 to finance such a scheme in a letter to the Times newspaper in March 1869. The first party of 76 children, many of whom were from Liverpool workhouse schools, sailed from Liverpool to Canada on the SS Hibernian six months later.

In the annual report of 1874 Maria writing about the costs involved, said that the "expense of taking a child out of the gutters in London, and placing it in Canada...may be roughly reckoned at 15 per head" The main focus of her efforts in England was the house in Peckham, which was opened on the 13 July 1872. Most girls spent upto a year at Peckham before they were migrated to Canada via Liverpool and Quebec, from where they would travel by train to the reception home at Niagara, called 'Our Western Home'. This former jail and courthouse could accommodate up to 120 children.

SS Sarmatian from Liverpool via Londonderry left Liverpool 30 Jun 1881 arrived Quebec 10 Jul 1881

Microfilm reel: C-4531

List of Home Children on the SS Sarmatian in Miss Rye's Party

  • BASS Sarah 7 F Sarmatian 1881
  • BELL George W 19 M Sarmatian 1881
  • BINGLE Mathilda 12 F Sarmatian 1881
  • BOTTLE Sophia 17 F Sarmatian 1881
  • BUTTON Annie 6 F Sarmatian 1881
  • BUTTON Elizabeth 11 F Sarmatian 1881
  • CALVERT Eva 11 F Sarmatian 1881
  • CASE Elizabeth 5 F Sarmatian 1881
  • CHAMP Alice 8 F Sarmatian 1881
  • CHAMP Ellen 5 F Sarmatian 1881
  • CRESSWELL Mary 11 F Sarmatian 1881
  • DALEY Jane 5 F Sarmatian 1881
  • DAVIES Margaret 10 F Sarmatian 1881
  • DUFFY Kate 11 F Sarmatian 1881
  • ELLIS Ann N 4 F Sarmatian 1881
  • EVANS Annie 10 F Sarmatian 1881
  • EVANS Emma 8 F Sarmatian 1881
  • GAY Elizabeth 8 F Sarmatian 1881
  • GAY Kate 7 F Sarmatian 1881
  • GIBBS Jane 8 M Sarmatian 1881
  • GREEN Francis 9 F Sarmatian 1881
  • GRIFFITH Jane 16 F Sarmatian 1881
  • HARVEY Mary 15 F Sarmatian 1881
  • HILL Ellen 2 F Sarmatian 1881
  • HILLMAN Jane 12 F Sarmatian 1881
  • JENNER Emily 5 F Sarmatian 1881
  • JENNER Louisa 9 F Sarmatian 1881
  • JONES Elizabeth 13 F Sarmatian 1881
  • KEMMINGS Elizabeth 17 F Sarmatian 1881
  • KIRTH Rosina 12 F Sarmatian 1881
  • LATHER Susannah 9 F Sarmatian 1881
  • LAVENDER Charlotte 8 F Sarmatian 1881
  • LAVERS Matilda 8 F Sarmatian 1881
  • LAWLER Annie 19 F Sarmatian 1881
  • MASSEY Joseph 17 M Sarmatian 1881
  • MILLBOURN Esther 10 F Sarmatian 1881
  • MERRYFIELD Florence 3 F Sarmatian 1881
  • MIDFORD Clara 7 F Sarmatian 1881
  • MIDWOOD Joe 10 M Sarmatian 1881
  • MISS Elizabeth 7 F Sarmatian 1881
  • MOOR Florence 11 F Sarmatian 1881
  • MOORE Mary 9 F Sarmatian 1881
  • MUIRHEAD Julia 15 F Sarmatian 1881
  • PACKENHAM Florence 15 F Sarmatian 1881
  • PERRIN Alice 9 F Sarmatian 1881
  • PHILLIPS James 16 M Sarmatian 1881
  • REGAN Alice 6 F Sarmatian 1881
  • REYNOLDS Alice 2 F Sarmatian 1881
  • RICHMOND Ellen 7 F Sarmatian 1881
  • RICHMOND Emma 6 F Sarmatian 1881
  • RICHMOND Sarah 10 F Sarmatian 1881
  • ROOKE Jessie 16 F Sarmatian 1881
  • ROWE Elizabeth 14 F Sarmatian 1881
  • SIMMONS Elizabeth 8 F Sarmatian 1881
  • SHAW Job 19 M Sarmatian 1881
  • SMITH Annie 16 F Sarmatian 1881
  • SMITH Rosina 7 F Sarmatian 1881
  • SOFFE Mrs a F Sarmatian 1881
  • TURNER Ellen 8 F Sarmatian 1881
  • WALL George 18 M Sarmatian 1881
  • TRETON Anna 14 F Sarmatian 1881
  • TRETON Mary 16 F Sarmatian 1881
  • TURNER Margaret 10 F Sarmatian 1881
  • TURNER Miss M 45 F Sarmatian 1881

Some of the children on board SS Sarmation were part of Father Nugent's group of Home Children.

Father James Nugent took his first group of 35 Irish children to Canada on 18 August 1870 on theSS Austrian from Londonderry to Quebec. On 30 June 1881 Father Nugent sent more children to Quebec on the SS Sarmatian

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Letter from one of Miss Rye's Home Children (Kate Stewart) 1885 This letter was written by Kate in 1885 from her home in Canada, to her brother John in England

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